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Top chef Ben Tunnicliffe's bike and fish 'n' chip day for Newlyn fishermen

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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Top chef Ben Tunnicliffe's bike and fish 'n' chip day for Newlyn fishermen

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WHY not spend a day cycling and then eating the best in fish and chips while raising funds for Cornwall’s hard-pressed fishermen?

Acclaimed chef Ben Tunnicliffe, who runs the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn, has come up with the idea of the cycle-fish and chip day on Saturday, April 26 to raise funds for the Fishermen’s Mission.

“Fresh fish from Newlyn is world class and we strongly support the fishermen and value the risks they take to get the fish to our restaurant,” he said.

“We have supported the work of the Fishermen’s Mission for years and this idea of having a sponsored bike ride will raise much needed funds for the charity.”

Mr Tunnicliffe added that next year he hopes to cycle from John o’Groats to Land’s End in aid of the Mission and is looking for volunteers to join him – pop in and discuss it with him if you’re interested.

Julian Waring, centre manager at the Newlyn Mission, added: “Support by local entrepreneurs such as Ben mean that we can offer real financial help to Cornish fishing families.

“The winter storms have prevented many fishermen from being able to work for months.

“We are here as a charity to offer practical hope and prevent fishermen from risking their lives further by pushing themselves out in bad weather in order to provide for their families.”

The day starts from the Fishermen’s Mission building at 10.30am on April 26 with a choice of two routes – one family-friendly and the other for more adventurous cyclists. Both routes end up back in Newlyn when riders can enjoy a plate of fish and chips, kindly provided by W. Stevenson & Sons and local food producers, cooked by Ben Tunnicliffe at the Tolcarne Inn.

For more information about the day, either e-mail Julian on newlyncentrecm@fishermensmission.org.uk or call him at 07917 754349.

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